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The Sportswriter (1986)
by Richard Ford
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679762108, Paperback)It's hard to imagine a book illuminating the texture of everyday life more brilliantly, or capturing the truth of human emotions more honestly, than Ford does in his account of an alienated scribe in the New Jersey suburbs. Frank Bascombe, Ford's protagonist, clings to his almost villainous despair in a way that Walker Percy's men don't, but the book is heavily influenced by Ford's fellow southerner nonetheless. Read this and you're ready for Ford's Pulitzer Prize-winning sequel, Independence Day.
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At the beginning of his career, a young man gives up his chance to become a successful novelist in order to work as a sportswriter.
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